The American Air Show

Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 May 2016


Advance booking only.

Tickets on sale until midnight Friday 27 May. You will not be able to buy tickets on Saturday or Sunday.

This event has passed but tickets are on sale for The Duxford Air Show: Meet the Fighters.

Celebrating the newly-transformed American Air Museum, The American Air Show tells the story of American and British collaboration over 100 years showing the impact of the American forces on Duxford and the eastern region from the First World War to the present day.

Dynamic flying displays will occupy the skies while evocative living history re-enactments help to tell the story on the ground. Be entertained by a variety of 1940s-inspired performances and dine on American and British-style foods.

Throughout the weekend, there will also be an Insitu-Boeing ScanEagle and a Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey on static display for the first time at IWM Duxford. 

This weekend is sure to stimulate aircraft enthusiasts while also providing a guaranteed fun family day-out!

Image © Darren Harbar Photography

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Public Transport

Buses run from Cambridge Railway Station and Trumpington Park & Ride to IWM Duxford on air show days

Travelling By Car

If you're travelling by car and wish to park at IWM Duxford, you will need to buy a car park pass (£5). Alternatively there are also a number of convenient public transport options.

A traffic management system will be operating on the M11, A505 and at junction 10 of the M11. Please follow the signposted routes.

Getting here:
  • Please arrive early and allow plenty of time for your journey
  • There will be courtesy buses from Cambridge Railway Station via Trumpington Park & Ride and from Royston Railway Station at regular intervals, beginning at 8.30am
  • If you are travelling by car, please follow the signposted routes and not your Sat Nav
Don’t forget:
  • When you booked we emailed you your booking confirmation and e-tickets - you must print your e-tickets or show them on your phone or tablet 
  • Can't find your e-tickets? Search 'IWM booking confirmation' or check your junk mail.
  • Please check that everyone in your party has a ticket – children four years and under have free entry but they still need a ticket. You can book them one here.
  • You will need to book a parking pass if you are travelling by car. Please print this at home and display it on your dashboard upon your arrival.
  • You can bring a picnic or you can buy food on site but please no barbecues, they aren't allowed on site
  • It's a good idea to bring cash with you as there are limited cash machines/credit card facilities on site
  • Please don't bring your pets as the site is a working airfield
  • Windbreaks and tents cannot be attached to the display barrier as they can spoil the view for other visitors, please keep these behind the white line
  • The flying schedule is available here - download the PDF if you would like it with you on the day
  • Bring your camera so you can share your favourite photos with your friends and family. You can share them using #DuxfordAirShows.


Stay and enjoy the atmosphere after the flying display has ended. Entertainment will continue until 6.30pm and the whole museum will be open to explore.

Premium Passes are no longer available to purchase online. General tickets can be upgraded on the day while availability lasts.

Our Gold and Silver Passes offer the best view of the flying display.

Your pass includes:

  • VIP parking
  • A flightline marquee, with seating
  • Access to the flightline walk to see the aircraft up close
  • Private enclosures with luxury toilets 
  • Admission to the museum and all exhibitions
  • Air show souvenir programme
  • 15% discount in the museum shop


Silver Pass

Perfect for families looking for a fun day out. 

A Silver Pass offers an exclusive location to watch the flying display plus activities for children in a relaxed environment. 

You can purchase drinks and snacks from our counter or bring your own packed lunch into our cafe.

Gold Pass

Our Gold Pass offers the perfect experience for adults. Enjoy a premium view of the flying display from our best marquee. 

Experience the day in style and book a Gold Pass with lunch to enjoy our gourmet deli bar buffet.

In the Gold Pass marquee you can buy a light breakfast and treat yourself to an afternoon tea. You can also bring your own picnic to eat in our cafe.


8amVIP parking and site opens (follow the signs on arrival)
9amGold and Silver enclosures open
10amFlightline walk opens (times may alter)
11.45amLunch service starts
12pmLast entry to flightline walk (times may alter)
12.30pmFlightline walk closes (times may alter)
1.30pmFlying display starts, lunch service stops
5.15pmFlying display ends

Terms and Conditions

Please note that all flying is subject to weather and serviceability. Flying display times may vary.

At peak times you may have to wait to be seated for your buffet lunch in the Gold Pass marquee.

Plan your visit

Download the Saturday Flying Display Schedule and the Sunday Flying Display Schedule.
The flying display will commence at 1.30pm and finish at approximately 5.15pm. All flying is subject to weather, serviceability and operational commitments.
As aircraft are confirmed, we update this participation list so please do check back on a regular basis in the run up to the air show.

The close relationship developed by America and Britain in the First World War is represented with a flying display by a pair of Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a biplanes.

Before America and Britain became official allies in the Second World War, Britain bought American equipment to prepare for war. Glorious 1930s aircraft, including the Boeing Stearman, North American Harvard, Spartan Executive and Ryan STA demonstrate this period. IWM’s Supermarine Spitfire Mark I flies alongside a Spitfire IX and a Hurricane, representing the American pilots who volunteered to serve in the RAF prior to America entering the Second World War.

America’s entry into the Second World War, post-Pearl Harbor, is symbolised by B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B flying in formation with P-51 Mustangs, the ‘little friends’ that accompanied these majestic bomber aircraft.  The P-51 Mustangs will be intercepted by a Hispano Buchon representing the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The war against Japan in the Pacific was fought over long distances. Aircraft launched from carriers played a vital role alongside their land-based counterparts as the A6M Zero (replica), Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, Grumman Wildcat and Vought Corsair show in a stunning display which represents war in the Pacific.

In addition to these dynamic displays, there will be an Insitu-Boeing ScanEagle and a Bell-Boeing CV-22 Osprey on static display throughout the weekend.


Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet x 8 (Saturday only)

Patrouille de France, French Air Force


Royal Aircraft Factory SE5a x 2

Great War Display Team


Fokker DR.1

Great War Display Team  

Boeing Stearman Kaydet

Golden Apple Operations


North American Harvard

Aircraft Restoration Company


North American Harvard

Aero Legends


North American Harvard x 2

T-6 Harvard Aviation


Ryan STA

P Holloway


Supermarine Spitfire Ia

Imperial War Museums


Supermarine Spitfire IX

Old Flying Machine Company


Supermarine Spitfire V

The Fighter Collection  

Hawker Hurricane

Historic Aircraft Collection


Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Sally B

B-17 Preservation


North American P-51D Mustang

Norwegian Spitfire Foundation


North American TF-51 Mustang

The Fighter Collection


Hispano Buchón (Messerschmitt Bf 109)

Aircraft Restoration Company


Hispano Buchón (Messerschmitt Bf 109)

Spitfire Limited  

de Havilland Dragon Rapide

D & M Miller  

Piper L-4 Cub

A Acres


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Aces High


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Dakota Heritage


Mitsubishi A6M Zero replica



Curtiss P-40F Warhawk

The Fighter Collection


Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

The Fighter Collection


Goodyear FG-1D Corsair

The Fighter Collection


Curtiss Hawk 75

The Fighter Collection  

de Havilland Canada Beaver

Aircraft Restoration Company


North American T-28 Fennec

Groupe Fennec


Eurofighter Typhoon

No 29(R) Squadron, RAF Coningsby


BAe Hawk x 9 (Red Arrows) (Sunday only)

RAFAT RAF Scampton


Douglas C-47 Dakota

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Supermarine Spitfire

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Hawker Hurricane

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, RAF Coningsby


Bell UH-1 Iroquois

MSS Holdings


Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

MSS Holdings


North American OV-10 Bronco

Bronco Demo Team


Shorts SC-7 Skyvan

Bronco Demo Team


Boeing KC -135 Stratotanker (Saturday only)

100 OSS US Air Force, RAF Mildenhall


AH-64 Apache

No 3 Squadron Army Air Corps, Wattisham 


LeVier Cosmic Wind

P. Kynsey / A. Walker


Sbach Red Bull Duo

The Matadors


Flying participation confirmed on 20 May.

Book tickets

While the dynamic displays fly above you, explore IWM Duxford's grounds and enjoy a variety of 1940s-inspired performances. Throughout the weekend, get serenaded by the vintage vocal harmonies of the Bluebird Belles or put on your dance shoes and get Lindy Hopping with Miss Holiday Swing. Go back in time as Pete Wayre, one of the most recognised 1940s solo vocalists on the circuit, makes his return to IWM Duxford with a weekend of performances.

Throughout the American Air Show weekend, all of our eating and drinking outlets will be open.

The Armoury Café and Kitchen, next to the Visitor Centre and Shop, offers hot seasonal British food, deli sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. Lunch options include freshly made pies, traditional beer-battered fish and chips, steamed suet puddings, toads-in-the-hole and more.

Situated in a historic Battle of Britain parachute workshop, The Workshop Restaurant is the newest addition to IWM Duxford. It offers freshly cooked classics such as home-smoked 'fall off the bone' pork ribs and mac 'n' cheese. Fully licensed, The Workshop sells wine and beer, as well as teas, coffees and soft drinks.

At the American Air Museum Café, treat yourself to afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes or muffins. Also sold here is a range of sandwiches, kids lunch boxes and hot and cold drinks.

In addition to these outlets, we will be hosting a number of American and British-style food stalls where you will be able to also purchase an array of food and drink options.


General information

IWM Duxford air shows are very popular, how will you be managing the number of people on site?

All tickets are sold in advance, meaning that we know exactly how many people will be on site during the day. This helps us to plan for the best experience possible.

We also have a maximum limit on the amount of car parking spaces and the tickets we can sell for each air show day so that we can work effectively with Highways England on managing the number of people travelling to and from IWM Duxford.

Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale online up to midnight on the Friday before the Air Show. For tickets via the Box Office, the last on sale date is 10 working days before the Air Show (16 May).

Where can I buy tickets?

The quickest way to buy tickets to the air show is online.  You can also call the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353. The Box Office is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays and other public holidays.

Please remember, all tickets must be booked in advance. You can book up until 11.59pm Friday 27 May 2016, but no on-the-day tickets are available. Check out our ticket FAQs for more info on how to book.

What if it’s raining?

The whole of IWM Duxford is open on air show days; our eight indoor exhibition spaces offer a full day out whatever the weather. Find out more about our exhibitions.

The flying display is always subject to weather, but it’s unusual to not see any aircraft flying.

Can I upgrade my ticket to a premium pass on the day?

We can’t guarantee ticket upgrades on the day as availability depends on the amount of tickets sold in the run up to the event online and via our Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353. There may be a limited amount of upgrades available over the weekend but if you’re keen to guarantee your premium pass make sure you book in advance. If you have already bought a standard day or weekend ticket, please call our Box Office for further information.

How can I buy a Souvenir Programme?

Programmes cost £6 and will be available from outlets across the site. As our programmes are popular you can also pre-order your copy online and pick it up from any of the museum’s IWM shops and the two IWM retail marquees.

What time is the museum open on air show days and what time does the flying start?

On air show days, the museum is open from 8am to 6.30pm. The flying display will start at approximately 1.30pm and finishes between 5pm and 5.30pm.

I’m bringing my family, what would you recommend we do before the flying starts?

The whole of IWM Duxford, including all of our exhibitions, is open on air show days and it’s all included in your admission ticket price. Even without an air show to enjoy, our museum offers a full day out for the family with lots of things to see and do. Explore our impressive exhibitions, then let off steam in the museum’s green open spaces or our playground, Activity Zone. Enjoy a visit to our restaurant and cafes or one of the many concessions and stalls on site.

Is there a dedicated area for wheelchair-users?

Yes. There is a viewing area for wheelchair-users at each of our air shows. Please ask on arrival for directions, our staff will be happy to help with any accessibility questions.

What catering facilities are available on air show days?

There is one restaurant and two cafés at the museum which are open on air show days. Find out more about our restaurant and cafés.

Food and drink are also available from food stalls located around the site. Alternatively, you might like to take advantage of our large open spaces and picnic tables by bringing your own food with you.  

Are there cash withdrawal facilities?

Yes, there is one cash machine on site which charges a small fee for withdrawals. Because of the number of people likely to attend an air show however, we recommend withdrawing cash in advance of your visit.

Are baby changing facilities available?

Yes, there are a small number of baby changing facilities located adjacent to the toilet blocks.

Is there local accommodation where I can stay?

There are many hotels, bed & breakfasts and guest houses in the local Cambridge area.  Please go to the Visit Cambridge website for local listings.

Where can I drop off/pick up a passenger?

You can pick passengers up from the east car park. There is also a free shuttle bus from Cambridge railway station.

Disabled facilities

What facilities are there for disabled visitors?

Disabled facilities include:

  • Disabled car park
  • Disabled viewing area
  • Disabled toilets across the show site
  • Changing facilities
  • Mobility Scooters

Whilst we do not allow animals on site, guide dogs or assistance dogs are permitted.

The Flightline Walk area is on tarmac with level access.

As a disabled visitor, can I bring my carer with me?

Yes, you can bring one free carer. You’ll need to select a free carer ticket when you make your booking online or via the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353.

Can I hire a wheelchair?

We have a limited number of wheelchairs and mobility scooters for hire. Please call 01223 835000 to make a reservation. During air show weekends these get booked up quickly so please call local hire company, Bartrams, on 01353 778756 – they’ll be happy to assist you.

Getting to the air show

Is car parking available at the air show?

Because our air shows are so popular, we have different car parks available depending on the time you arrive, or where you are arriving from. Each car park is clearly signposted and our staff will direct you to the closest entrance. Please ensure you display your car parking ticket on your windscreen as you arrive at the car park for our staff to check, and keep it displayed clearly during your stay. All cars are parked at the owner’s risk.

Are you charging for car parking?

There is a limit on car parking places available for the air show, so everybody wishing to travel by car must book a car parking ticket in advance. We encourage you to book your car parking tickets early, as they are limited and subject to availability. Anyone who does not have a car parking ticket will not be able to park at the air show – though there are a wide number of alternative convenient public transport options. 

There will be a £5 charge per car for the car parking ticket at IWM Duxford’s air shows. This money will support IWM in implementing new safety measures and providing additional staff in and around the site to make our visitors’ experience of the day as pleasurable as possible. The car parking ticket will be included in your download links and must be printed in advance so you can display it clearly in your windscreen on arrival and throughout the day.

I’m a disabled visitor and have to travel by car – can I park for free?

Yes, disabled visitors can park for free. Please select a disabled concession car parking ticket when you book your tickets online, or let the Box Office know if you’re booking over the phone.

My vehicle has more than 9 seats, can I still buy a car parking ticket online?

For vehicles with 10 – 35 seats you’ll need to call our Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353 to buy a £10 car parking ticket. You cannot buy these online. Larger vehicles with more than 35 seats will need to buy a coach car parking ticket. Please see the details below.

We’ve booked as a group – how many car parking tickets will we need?

You’ll need to buy a car parking ticket for every car coming to the air show. When booking your admission tickets online or via the Box Office +44 (0)1223 499 353, please do remember to think about how you will be travelling to the show and purchase the required amount of car parking tickets at this time.

Please call the Box Office if you’re planning on bringing a vehicle with more than 9 seats – spaces are for these vehicles are limited and you’ll need to book your ticket in advance.

I’m bringing a coach group, how can I guarantee a parking space?

We can only accommodate pre-booked coaches and we have limited spaces available. We cannot add further spaces once the allocated spaces are filled; or fit in any coaches that turn up on the day without a pre-booked coach parking tickets. To ensure access to a space, buy as soon as possible by phoning the Box Office only on +44 (0)1223 499 353 – coach parking spaces cannot be booked online.

How will you be checking car parking tickets?

Our traffic management staff will be checking for car parking tickets on arrival at our car parks. This is why we ask that you clearly display your car parking ticket in your windscreen on arrival. All car tickets also have a bar code related to a ticket booking reference. Our staff may scan car parking tickets during the day, so please do keep your car parking ticket on display once you’ve left your vehicle.

Are Campervans allowed?

Yes, but overnight camping is prohibited. Remember, if you’re parking at IWM Duxford you’ll need to buy a car parking ticket. For small vehicles you can buy this online, but if you have more than 9 seats please phone the Box Office on +44 (0)1223 499 353 to book.

Are you charging for motorbike parking?

There’s no charge for motorbikes as they take up a limited amount of space. They can be parked on a small amount of hard standing ground on the site in our East car park – you’ll be directed as you approach IWM Duxford. As this site has limited capacity please do arrive early to avoid disappointment.

I’m driving, what’s the best time to arrive without having to queue to get in?

Our air shows are very popular and they attract visitors from all over the world. It is usually busiest between 10am and 1pm. We recommend you arrive early in order to reduce the chance of having to queue. Our eight indoor exhibition spaces open early on an air show day (from 8am) and provide a great opportunity to avoid the crowds and the peak time traffic.

A traffic management system will be operating on the M11, A505 and at junction 10 of the M11 in order to smooth traffic flows and help everyone arrive and leave as promptly as possible. When you approach IWM Duxford please follow the temporary road signs rather than your sat nav.

Travelling by public transport

There is a free courtesy bus that runs from Cambridge to IWM Duxford on air show days. The bus departs at regular intervals from the station from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. You’ll need to show your air show ticket when you board the bus. Buses will return to the station at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion.

A free courtesy bus will also run from Royston station from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. You’ll need to show your air show ticket when you board the bus. Buses will return to the station at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion.

The nearest stations are Whittlesford Parkway, Royston and Cambridge. There are taxi ranks at both Royston and Cambridge stations. Whittlesford Parkway station is the closest to the museum but does not have a taxi rank; please make sure to book your taxi in advance.

IWM is also looking to provide further buses for the May Air Show. If you would like to receive updates about the air shows, please join our email list.

Travelling by car

Due to the high number of visitors to the show, we strongly advise you to travel by public transport to avoid congestion.  A free courtesy bus runs from Trumpington Park & Ride at Junction 11 of the M11 from 8.30am and then every 30 minutes until approximately 1.30pm. Buses will return to the Park & Ride at regular intervals from 3pm and then every 30 minutes, with the last bus leaving IWM Duxford at 6.30pm. Timings of buses may be affected by local road traffic congestion. Please note that although the courtesy bus is free, a £1 parking charge still applies at Trumpington Park & Ride.

Should you choose to travel direct by car, IWM Duxford is located just south of Cambridge at Junction 10 of the M11 motorway. When you approach IWM Duxford please follow the temporary road signs rather than your sat nav. Please make sure you've booked your car parking ticket if you wish to park at IWM Duxford.

During the period of the air show, a traffic management system will operate on the M11, A505 and at Junction 10 of the M11, to ensure traffic flows as freely as possible. We recommend that visitors travelling south on the M11 take the alternative route, which will be signposted from Junction 11 of the M11, along the A10 to Royston and then east to the museum along the A505.

For up-to-date traffic and travel information on the day keep an eye on the Highways England website.

What time do car parks open and close?

Car parks will open at 7am and close at 7pm each day.

On the day

Can I bring my dog to the air show?

No, as IWM Duxford is a working air field please don’t bring your dog to the air show. Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted.

Can I smoke at the air show?

Smoking is not permitted in any of the exhibition buildings or on the Flightline Walk, this also applies to e-cigarettes.

Are there cloakrooms on site?

Unfortunately no, due to security there are no facilities for left luggage or cloakrooms at the air show. Please keep your belongings with you at all times and report any suspicious items to staff.

What aircraft will be on display?

The list of confirmed aircraft for each air show is typically first published two months before each air show, and updated as new aircraft are confirmed or amended. The final, full participation list is available in the week prior to the air show. We recommend you check our website regularly for up-to-date information on participating aircraft. If you sign up to receive our e-news when booking your tickets; we’ll also send you updated information as and when it becomes available.

What is the difference between the flying participation on Saturday and Sunday for two-day air shows?

The flying participation for a two-day air show is generally similar on both days though there might be some aircraft which display on one day only. For more information, please refer to the aircraft participation list for each air show which will state which aircraft are displaying on Saturday or Sunday only.

Why do some aircraft disappear from the participation list?

Aircraft are only added to our participation list when we have received written confirmation from the operator that they will be attending. However there are a number of reasons an aircraft may have to cancel its appearance at the event. These include operational commitments and aircraft serviceability which are out of IWM’s control.

When will flying display timings be available?

The timings for the flying display will be available as an insert in the Souvenir Programme on the day. You can also request this from the information desks throughout the day. Timings are not released in advance as they are subject to change.

Souvenir Programmes do sell out quickly on the day - to avoid disappointment you can pre-order your programme when booking your admission tickets and collect it from any of the museum’s IWM retail shops and the two IWM retail marquees on the day of the air show.

What is there to do during the morning of the air show?

The whole of IWM Duxford, including all of our exhibitions, is open on air show days for you to explore. You can also enjoy a great shopping experience at trade stands around the show site, visit IWM’s shop in the Visitor Centre, treat yourself to a pleasure flight and take part in other activities across the museum.

The Flightline Walk is also open during the morning from 10am, with last entry at 12 noon. This is your chance to admire the display aircraft close-up. Separate charges apply for the Flightline Walk on the day.

Is there Wifi access at the air show?

Yes. We offer free Wi-Fi access across most of the museum, including our exhibitions and public spaces. Access begins as soon as you’ve agreed to IWM’s terms and conditions of use.

Ticket checks

You’ll need to show your tickets when you arrive at the air show. If you’ve booked standard tickets via our website you will have been sent an e-ticket - you can print this out at home or show it to the team on your phone or tablet so they can scan it for you. Remember, please bring along any proof of concession too.

Can I return to my car during the day?

If you need to return to your car please visit the entry point kiosks – they’ll be able to give you a re-entry ticket.

Can I bring a windbreak, tent or stepladder?

Windbreaks and tents will not be allowed up to 3 metres to the display barrier as they can spoil the view for other visitors. Instead, there’s a dedicated area further back where you can use these. We will have to remove windbreaks and tents placed against or close to the display barrier.

Please don’t bring stepladders as these can’t be used anywhere on site. We’ll have to remove any stepladders that are brought to the air show.

Can I bring a BBQ to the air show?

For safety reasons, you cannot have a BBQ anywhere on site.

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